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Essay # 2 – Considerations on Teaching Márcio Padilha College of Southern Idaho EDUC 201 – Hurley Fall/2006
Considerations Considerations on Teaching
Having worked for two years as a guest teacher, for one semester as a long-term guest teacher, for one semester as an ESL-Title I Instructional Aide and currently as a Secretary to the Counselors, I realize that being a professional educator is normally perceived as a binomial relationship where the teacher and student are bound together in the search of the concomitant promotion and acquisition of knowledge with the ultimate purpose of personal and societal growth and improvement. Nonetheless, there are several concerns besides actual teaching that face an educator on a daily basis such as governmental and administrative demands, co-workers personalities and egos, student discipline, motivation, health-related and legal problems as well as student family issues and parental participation and interference which easily go unnoticed. On the other hand, although not as easy or frequent as one might anticipate, I believe it to be very rewarding when an educator perceives the subtle indications that the true intrinsic value of education has finally been instilled in a student’s mind as that in itself carries the potential of setting a chain reaction that can result in both personal and social improvement. For instance, having been assigned to cover Ninth Grade Language Arts Writing for a semester allowed me to have a place of distinction with the 167 students I presided over. Most of the native English language speaking students took the stand that “if Mr. P, who is a non-English speaker, knows all this, I, as a native speaker, should know as well” whereas the non-native English speaking students took the stand that “if Mr. P, who is ‘one of us’, knows all this, I can do it too”, a premise which also held true throughout my term of service as an ESL Instructional Aide. Moreover, being a believer in constructivism, I was never afraid or embarrassed to tell a student that I did
not know an answer to a question, always prompting that “together we could solve the problem”, another premise which has carried over to my current assignment as a Secretary to the Counselors. Finally, regarding the profession in itself, it does offer advantages, both intrinsic and extrinsic, such as the opportunity of dealing with culture, interpersonal interaction and mentoring, relative good pay with a career plan and benefits as well as extended summer vacation and other breaks throughout the year do sweeten the pot.